Sarantel Wins Comrod Contract

Sarantel GPS antenna selected by Comrod for maritime identification system

May 26, 2004

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WELLINGBOROUGH, U.K. -- Sarantel has won a contract to supply its GPS antenna to Norwegian antenna systems developer Comrod, as part of Comrod’s new combined VHF and GPS antenna intended to meet the new UAIS (universal automatic identification system) regulations for maritime applications. UAIS is a growing part of international SOLAS (safety of life at sea) conventions, which now require automatic identification of vessels of certain size to other vessels and transmission of identification and status information to land-based VTS (vessel traffic services) receivers.

The Sarantel GeoHelix antenna was chosen for its ability to receive global positioning system (GPS) signals in the presence of strong electromagnetic interference, and when the GPS antenna is in continuous motion. The design win was achieved by Acal Norway, which was appointed by Sarantel to support Norwegian developers.

Mr Enok Ødegaard, sales manager of Comrod Marine Division said, 'As greater numbers of smaller vessels come under mandatory requirement to fit UAIS equipment, there is an increasing need to make solutions more cost effective – the size and impressive performance of Sarantel’s antenna made simple economic sense.'

Sarantel Ltd.

Comrod

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